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Publication numberUS1742277 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 7, 1930
Filing dateOct 24, 1927
Priority dateOct 24, 1927
Publication numberUS 1742277 A, US 1742277A, US-A-1742277, US1742277 A, US1742277A
InventorsJohn T Quigley
Original AssigneeJohn T Quigley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Label-holding removable clip for file sheets
US 1742277 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Jan. 7, i930 J. T. QUIGLEY 1,742,277

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Patented Jan. 7, 1930 JOHN flf. QUIGLEY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA LABEL-HOLDING REMOVABLE CLIP FOR FILE SHEETS Application filed October 24, 1927. Serial No. 228,243.

This invention relates to a label holding detachable clip for file sheets and an object thereof is to provide a clip that can be easily and quickly attached to and detached from the edges of unperforated file sheets so that it is transferable from sheet to sheet when it is desirable or necessary to be so moved. In other words theclip is constructed so that it can be easily attached to any ordinary file sheet and when so attached is relatively fixed to the sheet until the sheetis to be replaced for any cause such as being worn or soiled, in which event the clip can be easily and quickly detached from the worn'sheet by simply moving it in a directionparallel relative to the edge to which it is attached until displaced.

Another object of thisinvention is to pro vide a detachable label holding sheet metal clip that can be attached to the top edge portion of, a file sheet without. any previous preparation of the sheet; and which is adapt ed to be freely moved. parallel with. the top edge and from sideto side of the sheet, and which at all times is adapted to resist move ment in a direction that is endwise of the sheet to which it is attached and to resist such movement to the fulltensile strength of Another object of theinventionisto provide a clip for filing tags, card's, sheets or folders that can be used: indefinitely and which is easily made andwhich can be manufactured and sold cheaply. 1

Another ob 'ectis to provide a clip for file sheets that isadapted to be attached to paper sheets in common use as file folders and guide cards, particularly folders and cards out with upwardly projecting tabs integral with the sheet. y l

A featureof the invention isshown inthe arrangement of the clip detentswhereby they permit a relatively free movement of the clip along the paper fromside to side thereof but positively/prevent movement of the clip.endwise'ofthesheet to which the clip is attached. l j i A feature of invention is shown in the laying out of the clip, whereby it, including properly arranged detents and apertures, can be stamped out of thinsheet metal in a one piece body ready to be folded or bent into proper form, so that by means of stamping and bending machines the clips can be cheaply supplied to consumers at low cost and in large quantities as may be desired.

Other objects, advantages and features of invention may appear from the accompanying drawings, the subjoined detailed descrip tion and the appended claims.

The accompanying drawings illustrate the lnvention.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a file folder'for vertical filing with a clip attached thereto that is constructed in accordance with this invention. Fig. 2 is a grouped side and edge view of a sheet metal blank ready to be bent into proper form. Fig. 3 is a plan View of the clip after it has been bent into proper form. Fig. l is anunderside view of the clip shown in Fig. 3. Fig. his an enlarged cross section on line 55, Fig. 4, showing the de tent slightly exaggerated in size forthe purpose of illustration. Fig. 6 is a sectional view analogous to Fig. 5 showing the clip attached to an upper edge portion of a filing sheet and with a label and transparent cover or shield properly arranged over the upper. edge portion of the file sheet. Fig. 7 is an enlarged diagrammatic view of the clip showing the lower end and open sides so it can be easily attached to the sheet edge. 8 is an enlargedcross sectional view analogous to Fig. 5 showing the clip with a slightly exaggerated detent at the apex of the angle between the vertical and inclined portion ofthe clip walls. Fig. 9 is a view analogous to Fig. 8 showing the clip attached to a file sheet with the upper. edge portion covered by a label andtransparent cover. Fig. 10 illustrates the first step in preparing the upper edge portion of a file sheet for attaching the clip to a file sheet. Fig. '11 illustrates the second step in preparing the upperedge portion of the sheet for attaching it to the clip. Fig. 12 illustrates the upper edge portion of the file sheet after the first and second steps are completed. Fig. 13 illustrates the final step in attaching the clip to a file sheet and its normalposition thereon. Fig. 14 is a side view of an index card or file sheet that is not provided with the usual upwardly extending integral tab, showing the clip attached to an edge portion of the sheet.

As previously indicated the clips are first stamped out of sheet metal into blanks such as the blank 15 shown in Fig. 2, after which the blank is folded or bent into the form shown in Figs, 3 and 4.

As the blank is stamped out it is also perforated to form the detents 16 that function to assist in preventing the clips from being displaced from the filing sheet 17 in a direction endwise thereto; and simultaneously with forming these detents an aperture or window 18 is stamped in the blank through which the index names and data are visible when the clip is in use.

After the blanks are stamped out in the form shown in Fig. 2, they are then folded adjacent the dotted lines 19, 20 and 21 into the forms best shown in Figs. 3, 4;, 5, 7 and 8; in which the front and rear walls are connect ed at their top and open at the sides and bottom and parallel throughout. These walls include the bottom portions 22 and 23 that in use normally occupy a vertical position and form front and rear supports for the top portions 24 and 25 that are inclined or arranged angularly to the bottom portions and are spaced apart so there is an angular space between the walls. The space between the portions 24, 25 form a chamber 26 therein adapted to receive a portion of the top edge 27 of the filing sheet 17 together with a label slip 28 and a transparent shield 29.

If desired the blank can be folded so as to form the chamber 26 with more or less space between the walls 24 and 25 sothat labels or index cards of greater or less thickness can be used; and preferably the front and rear supports 22, 23 are spaced a distance apart slightly less than the thickness of the filing sheet to which the clip is attached so that they will pinchingly engage the sheet to prevent accidental movement of the clip sidewise thereon, there being suflicient tension in the metal for the foregoing purpose. This engagement of the vertical wall portion with the sheet is not suflicient to prevent the clip from being manually and freely moved endwise fromside to side of the sheet.

The clip is folded so that the points of the detents 16 extend intothe chamber 26 adjacent the apex of the angle between the walls so that in use the sheet 17 at its fold 30 extends over the points of the detents in a slight ly tortuous bend, as best shown in Figs. 6 and 9, so that when the clip is lifted in a direction to suspend the sheet in a vertical position it will not be detached therefrom. This arrangement of parts, as previously stated, does not prevent the clip from being manually moved'sidewise on the file sheet either to place it on or detach it from the sheet, there being no perforations through the sheet to prevent such sidewise movement.

The clip is placed on the sheet as best shown in Figs. 10 to 13 inclusive. As shown in Figs. 10 and 11 the clip is first used as a tool to bend the upper edge portion 27 of the sheet 17 to a proper angle to be inserted into the chamber 26. That is the upper edge portion of the sheet 17 is first inserted between the vertical portions 22, 23, of the walls as indicated in Fig. 10. Then using the inner bottom edge of the portion 23 as a pivot the clip is turned in the arc a-b until the top engages the file sheet, which operation forms an angle or crease 30 at the proper distance from the upper edge of the sheet to conform to the angular space'beween the walls of the clip, which angle is indicated in Fig. 12. The top angular portion of the sheet is then attached to the clip by extending the edge portion 27 into the chamber 26 and an adjacent portion of the sheet between the walls 22, 23 with the crease 30 riding over the points of the detents 16 as best shown in Figs. 6, 9 and 13. In other words after the fold or crease 30 is formed the clip can be easily attached by slipping it endwise over the sheet and keeping the angle 'of the clip in alignment with the angle of the paper. Then, if the sheet be held stationary gentle pressure on the clip will move it horizontally along the edge portion of the sheet 17, and the clip will slide easily over the detents by reason of their rounded corners. This angular arrangement of the "ertical and inclined portions of the front and rear walls to which the sheet at this portion conforms, and the detents contacting with the sheet 17 on its fold 30, hold the clip from displacement endwise of the sheet. Then, with the clip so arranged, the label or index card 28 and its transparent shield or cover 29 can be inserted into the chamber 26 between the portion 27 of the sheet and the upper wall 24 so that the subject-matter on the index or record card is visible through the aperture 18. The chamber 26 has open ends so that the lablel and shield can be inserted from either enc.

Normally the wall portions 22-, 23 stand vertical in a file and the upper wall portions 24, 25 are preferably inclined about thirty degrees out of a vertical line so that the subject-matter on the label or index cards can be easily read. It is understood, however, that the inclination can be more or less as may be desired.

For use upon wide paper sheets not provided with integral tabs the relative proportions of the clip hereinbefore illustrated are changed by extending the width of the body portion of the clip containing the aperture or window to a position above'the sheet as shown in Fig. 14.

It is understood that the clip may be made either with or without the detents as the vertical wallportions are arrangedto' frictionali may be formed of any suitable material and in various ways without departing from the principles of the invention.

I claim as my invention:

1. A label holding clip for Vertical file sheets, consisting of an upper label holding portion, a lower portion with a horizontally extending angle between said portions, and a detent extending'into said angle in position to engage the file sheet and prevent vertical displacement of the clip therefrom but permit lateral movement of the clip on the file sheet.

2. A detachable index clip comprising two substantially parallel walls joined at their tops and separated at each end and at the bottom and bentto form an angle extending horizontally from end to end of each of said walls, the upper portion of each of said walls being extended backward at an inclination from the lower portion of said walls,

and a detent extending into the angular space between said walls adjacent the apex of said angle.

3. A label holding clip for vertical file J sheets, consisting of a folded upper label holding portion, a lower portion bent horizontally so that said upper portion will extend at an angle to said lower portion, and a detent extending upward into close proximity to the upper side of said upper portion, whereby said detent will engage the file sheet and prevent upward displacement of the clip,

and the angular position of said upper portion of the clip will prevent the downward displacement of the clip on the file sheet.

4. A detachable label holding clip for vertical file sheets including upper and lower inclined parallel'walls connected at their upper ends and having a chamber between them adapted to receive an upper edge portion of an unperforated file sheet, front and rear vertical parallel walls integral with the lower ends of the inclined walls, that are spaced apart a less distance than the thicknessof a file sheet, a detent adjacent the apex of the position to engage the under side of the edge portion of the file sheet, a label extending through the chamber above'said detents and over the file sheet, a transparent cover over said label, and an aperture through said up per wall through which said label is visible. In witness whereof, I have hereunto affixed my signature.


angular space between the walls that is arranged to engage the under side of the sheet at its bend and prevent vertical displacement of said clip.

5. The combination set forth in cla1m 4,

i anda label detachably extended into the chamber between said upper and lower walls and over the edge portion of the file sheet,

a removable transparent shield arranged over

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US2420021 *Sep 30, 1944May 6, 1947Gen Fireproofing CoTab for guide cards
US4209925 *Jan 24, 1978Jul 1, 1980Bruegmann Dirk ALabeling tab for hanging folders
US6474008 *Sep 25, 2000Nov 5, 2002Berol CorporationSoft label holder
US7841114Jul 21, 2005Nov 30, 2010Avery Dennison CorporationAngled top view printable hanging file tabs
US20120311826 *Jun 8, 2011Dec 13, 2012Sanfilippo Gerald PaulHold open stabilizer
U.S. Classification40/651, 40/359, 40/341
International ClassificationB42F19/00
Cooperative ClassificationB42F19/00
European ClassificationB42F19/00